Strategic Energy Management for Industrial Manufacturing

NYSERDA is working with industrial manufacturers to incorporate strategic energy management (SEM) into their business operations via a 12-month fully funded training program. Through a combination of group workshops, individual training, and webinars, participants will learn how to establish and implement SEM. Participants will also receive ongoing technical assistance and support for an additional 12 months following completion of training.

How You Benefit

In addition to increasing profitability, creating a competitive advantage, and achieving greater resiliency, SEM brings industrial manufacturers many additional benefits:

  • Boost your bottom line with reduced energy costs, freeing up capital to use elsewhere
  • Uncover operational-related issues that may be making your building less efficient
  • Increase safety across your buildings and facilities
  • Drive alignment across your facilities on day-to-day energy management practices

Who Can Apply

  • Industrial facilities in New York State with annual energy costs—of all fuels—that exceed $500,000 and that contribute to the System Benefits Charge
  • Participants must have the ability to travel to cohort buildings for the SEM trainings
  • Participants must be willing to share with NYSERDA the data, results, and other lessons learned about how SEM has reduced the company’s energy usage

How the Program Works

The SEM program consists of ten training sessions led by experienced energy coaches from VEICLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. and Cascade EnergyLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.. Eligible industrial facilities will select one staff member to serve as their energy champion, whom will be responsible for attending the training sessions and leading SEM processes within their organization. Other staff members are also encouraged to attend the training sessions.

Program Curriculum

Month Training Session Session Type Objective
1 Establishing an SEM Program Full-day group workshop
  • Introduction to SEM and how to get started at your company
  • How to jump start organizational change through quick wins
2 Saving Energy Full-day group workshop
  • Provide strategies for achieving quick wins and organizational buy-in
  • Explore systems basics and common opportunities for energy savings
  • Develop near-term technical opportunities using straight-forward concepts, processes and tools
2 Metering Toolkit Webinar
  • Develop skillset needed to utilize temporary data metering hardware to identify energy-saving opportunities
  • Introduction to energy intensity modeling
2-4 Energy Map Individual training
  • Learn how to increase awareness and visibility of where and how energy is consumed in participant facilities
  • How to prioritize energy efficiency opportunities
2-4 Treasure Hunt Individual training
  • Training on the treasure hunt process
  • Jumpstart SEM adoption through a list of actionable energy savings opportunities
5 Tracking Energy Performance Half-day group workshop
  • Learn to quantify the value energy efficiency activities generate as quick wins are achieved
  • Use customized energy intensity models and other analytical tools to assess and measure energy performance
7 Engaging Employees Half-day group workshop
  • Learn organizational development strategies
  • Learn to manage culture change through employee engagement and recognition
7-9 Employee Engagement Toolkit Webinar
  • Learn to translate employee engagement strategies into actions for each participant
8-9 Onsite Energy Management Assessment Individual training
  • Explore existing energy management practices for participants
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses in current energy management practices, organizational barriers, and baseline performance to measure progress
  • Motivate leadership to address gaps
9-10 Onsite Employee Engagement Individual training
  • The energy team receives assistance with at least one initiative from the employee engagement toolkit at their facilities
10 Making it Stick Half-day group workshop
  • Teach participants how to create enduring management systems
  • Learn from fellow participants through a series of collaborative exercises
12 Celebrating Accomplishments Half-day group workshop
  • Celebrate and recognize accomplishments and generate enthusiasm for continued focus on energy
  • Work with the energy coach to prepare a presentation of participants’ SEM story